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Lee Sedol Eliminated from Nongshim Cup

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

The 12th Nongshim Cup started a few days ago. Lee Sedol is the first Korean player and he eliminated Wang Xi of China and Iyama Yuta of Japan in the first two rounds.

Why is Lee Sedol the first Korean player? As a reminder, Nongshim Cup follows a “winner stays at the table” system, so usually each team would put their best players last.

According to, Lee Sedol specifically requested to be put in the first place, presumably because he was planning to win all his games. In the light of this news, I was very satisfied to learn that he was eliminated by Xie He in the third game. I like Lee Sedol a lot, but not when he is so over-confident. This reminded me of Yoda Norimoto of Japan, who is usually bragging a lot before the tournaments he is going to play in, but his results don’t usually match his bragging.

Here is the record of the game between Xie He (black) and Lee Sedol (white). Xie He won by resignation.

(; KM[6.5] FF[3] SZ[19] EV[12th Nongshim Cup 3rd round] GM[1] PB[Xie He] PW[Lee Sedol] BR[7d] RE[B+R] DT[2010-10-20] WR[9d] ;B[pd];W[dd];B[qp];W[dq];B[do];W[co];B[cn];W[cp];B[cf];W[fc];B[dn] ;W[fq];B[dj];W[op];B[oo];W[no];B[po];W[np];B[pq];W[nm];B[pm];W[qf] ;B[qh];W[qc];B[qd];W[pc];B[od];W[rd];B[re];W[rc];B[qe];W[nc];B[ef] ;W[bd];B[go];W[pi];B[qi];W[of];B[rf];W[pj];B[og];W[mj];B[be];W[qj] ;B[ng];W[nd];B[ne];W[me];B[nf];W[ph];B[pg];W[rm];B[ok];W[ni];B[nr] ;W[ro];B[mq];W[or];B[pr];W[jp];B[mk];W[pl];B[om];W[ol];B[nl];W[mm] ;B[lk];W[oq];B[os];W[kl];B[kk];W[jl];B[ql];W[pk];B[qm];W[rh];B[rk] ;W[qg];B[pf];W[ki];B[jk];W[ik];B[jj];W[il];B[ji];W[kh];B[mh];W[mi] ;B[rg];W[rj];B[ri];W[hi];B[ih];W[kf];B[hh];W[fi];B[ie];W[if];B[hf] ;W[je];B[he];W[ic];B[hc];W[hb];B[oc];W[ob];B[fk];W[di];B[ci];W[ej] ;B[ek];W[cj];B[dk];W[ch];B[bi];W[bh];B[bj];W[gj];B[gh];W[ce];B[bf] ;W[pp];B[qo];W[qq];B[qr];W[rq];B[rp];W[lr];B[lq];W[kq];B[lp];W[lo] ;B[kr];W[rr];B[rs];W[fh];B[ed];W[ec];B[fg];W[dg];B[df];W[kp];B[jr] ;W[fd];B[eh];W[ei];B[eg];W[dh];B[nb];W[mb];B[id];W[jc];B[jd];W[kd] ;B[ad];W[bc];B[jg];W[kg];B[jf];W[ke];B[ll];W[cl];B[ck];W[jh];B[hj] ;W[gk];B[gi];W[fj];B[lm];W[kn];B[km];W[fm];B[in];W[fo];B[gn];W[fn] ;B[gm];W[gl];B[jm];W[bl];B[dl];W[bn];B[fl];W[bk];B[ah];W[ag];B[ai] ;W[dm];B[em])

Xie He will play against Sakai Hideyuki of Japan next.

Complete tournament table here.

Huge Go Board in Ancient Fenghuang City

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Fenghuang is an exceptionally well-preserved ancient Chinese town, according to wikipedia, with unique ethnic languages, customs, arts and architectural remains of Ming and Qing styles.

Fenghuang Ancient City

Fenghuang also has the largest Go board in the world and it hosts a match between two invited top professional players as part of a Go festival every two years. The two players are playing the game in a tower next to the board, while people costumed in black or white are moving on the huge board to mark the current position in the game.

Fenghuang Ancient City

Besides the huge Go board, there are also statues of famous professional players – can you guess who is who?

Fenghuang Ancient City

This year’s match was between Lee Sedol of Korea and Gu Li of China. The game commentary, with analysis in great detail by Lee Hajin 3p, is broadcast in English on this youtube channel.

Photo sources here, here, here, here.

Lee Sedol Misses Game Due to Flu Test

Thursday, June 18th, 2009
“Lee Se-dol, the 26-year-old top Korean baduk player, failed to participate in a Chinese league held in Hangzhou because he was included in the list of passengers who needed to take an influenza A test.”
Lee Sedol
Full article here.

Kong Jie Wins Asian TV Cup

Thursday, June 11th, 2009
Kong Jie defeated Lee Sedol in the final of the 21st Asian TV Cup. To qualify in the final, he also defeated Kang Dongyun and Lee Changho. Interestingly, Kong Jie started this tournament as a 7-dan. He earned promotion to 9-dan after defeating Lee Changho yesterday to qualify in the final.
Photo from the final game:
Lee Sedol won the previous two editions of this tournament. He recently announced his one year and a half retirement from professional life. Here is the game record of the final.
Tournament table here.

Gu Li Won LG Cup

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
Gu Li won the second game of the LG Cup final against Lee Sedol, thus winning this top international competition.
Lee Sedol vs Gu Li, LG Cup 2009, game 2
Here is the game record of this second and last game of the final.
To qualify for the final, Gu Li defeated Mok Jinseok 9p of Korea, Won Sungjin 9p of China, Kim Hyeongwoo 3p of Korea and Lee Changho 9p of Korea. This must have also been “sweet revenge” for Gu Li, as he lost to Lee Sedol in Nongshim Cup last week, thus ruining China’s chances to win that competition. Also a pretty rare opportunity to see Gu Li’s smile – he’s usually looking so serious!
Gu Li happy after winning LG Cup 2009
More photos from the match here, here, here, here, here and here. Video from the match here.

Gu Li Wins First Game in LG Cup Final Against Lee Sedol

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The LG Cup finalists this year are Lee Sedol of Korea and Gu Li of China. The two have played together very recently: only four days ago Lee Sedol won against Gu Li in the Nongshim Cup.

The LG Cup final consists of a best-of-three match, with 3 hours thinking time.

Gu Li won the first game, played today (February 23rd). Second game will be played in two days.

LG Cup 2009

Here is the game record.


Korea Wins Nongshim Cup

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Nongshim Cup return to Korea this year, after Lee Sedol’s win against the last standing member of the Chinese team, Gu Li.

Nongshim Cup final 2009

Last year it was China who won, when Chang Hao defeated Park Yeonghun of Korea.

This game between Lee Sedol and Gu Li has even deeper meanings for the two of them, as they going to play each other a best-of-three match in the final of the international LG Cup in just a few days (Feb 23-26).

Here is the final game. Lee Sedol, playing white, defeated Gu Li by 3.5 points.


Lee Changho Stops Cho Chikun in Ing Cup

Sunday, May 4th, 2008
Round 3 of Ing Cup 2008 was played on May 4th.

After defeating Chang Hao in the previous round, Cho Chikun lost to Lee Changho by 3 points.

Cho Chikun vs. Lee Changho, Ing Cup 2008

Lee Sedol of Korea defeated Kong Jie of China by 11 points.

Lee Sedol vs Kong Jie

Choi Cheolhan of Korea defeated Piao Wenyao of China by resignation. And Liu Xing of China, who seems to be the surprise of the tournament so far, defeated Park Yeonghun by resignation thus becoming the only Chinese player to play in the semifinals.

Liu Xing vs. Park Yeonghun, Ing Cup 2008

The semifinals will take place sometime in September and will consist of best-of-three matches. Lee Changho will play against Lee Sedol, and Choi Cheolhan will play against Liu Xing.

Lee Sedol fights back and wins LG Cup

Thursday, February 28th, 2008
The final game of the 12th LG Cup is over: the famous Lee Sedol managed a 2-1 win over his countryman Han Sanghoon 2p.

Han Sanghoon became famous recently for scoring big wins shortly after qualifying as a pro 1-dan in Korea. (He was still shodan when he qualified for the LG Cup). He even won the first game against Lee Sedol in this LG final.

Link to the games. Interview with Han Sanghoon. Another interview with Han Sanghoon.

Lee Sedol wins Samsung Cup 2-1 against Park Yeonghun

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

The game record below is from the third round which just ended: Lee Sedol won by 1.5 points, in a game in which Park Yeonghun seemed to have a slight lead when yose started. The variations are the ones I found on the Cyberoro server, where the game was broadcast live.

Update: Thank you Nexik for pointing out to what looks like a variation that shows Park’s last chance to win the game, and thank you Smurf for pointing out to the fact that has a commentary of this game by Yoo ChangHyuk in their sample section (look for “[Sample Game] 12th Samsung Cup final game 3: Park YuongHoon vs Lee Sedol.”).